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I picked up a box of these lovelies today. I must say, I continue to be impressed with the new models. The wolves are easy to assemble, mold lines are minimal, pieces are numbered on the sprue, left is distinguished from right. The models have a plate-like base to make mounting on bases quite simple, though I expect I'll cut them off to fancy up the bases.
How many of you have bought the new wolves? I'm glad I got rid of my old ones, though I don't particularly look forward to painting these. But after playing around with these, I don't think they'll be too bad. Glazes and washes over a few basic layers should make relatively quick work of things.
I like the new ones, problem is everything is now harder to paint. Good models, though i don't want a zombie feel to my army, infact i don't even want a bone theme. I like Vampires leading ghouls, my black knights are simply "black armoured" knights and since i changed my mind about the black coach i've begun a more blood knight looking coach.
I'd probably buy the old wolves now but only to fit in with my army, though I like how they are about £1/$2? each per wolf now. The old wolves look a lot less agressive looking, the new ones are very scary, pouncing, i swear this contributes to how much they are shot!
I love both the model and the price of the new dire wolves. One thing that I do think is odd, they lost slavering charge (higher strength) in the new rules, but the models are almost twice as big.
Slavering charge was nice, but I actually prefer them this way since they're 2 points cheaper. In 6th ed, I'd run a lot of wolves, up to 20, but that added up to a lot of points. If I were to run that same number now, I'd save 40 points.
Yes, the models are a lot bigger than the old ones, and they are going to be a challenge to paint well. I'm considering buying another box because I know I'll add some at some point. I might as well get them all out of the way at once.
The size of the new wolves was what struck me first - they are considerably larger, which was quite a surprise. A lot more dynamic, too. I don't mind the look of the models, though.
Some of the plate bases I found I had to cut off so that the wolf would sit properly on the base. From memory I only had to do this to two wolves, though, most glue on fine. And they assemble quite nicely too - it didn't take me too long to build them all.
One thing that I wasn't sure on was the joins in the model. On my first batch, because I was in a hurry to paint them, I didn't bother with any greenstuff. Along the spine this doesn't look to bad, but on the head of some wolves it looks a bit odd having this line down the centre of their skull. So I used greenstuff on this second batch but have yet to paint them, so I don't know if it will look all that much better.
I didn't find that they were too difficult to paint. The ribs were a bit of a hassle at times, but most of the other problems I had were deciding which bits were skin and which bits were bone or muscle.
I'm not sure if they'll completely replace my old wolves, as I'm not the biggest fan of the zombified wolf look. But I can't deny they look better than the old wolves, at least to me.